Historic Preservation Commission

February 19, 2019 Waterloo Historical Preservation Commission Agenda

2019 City of Waterloo Historic Preservation Commission Award Nominations

Every year since 2005, the City of Waterloo Historic Preservation Commission has presented awards to those in the community that are making a difference when it comes to historic preservation in the city. Previous award winners have ranged from a resident of the Highland neighborhood who cleans up the neighborhood to companies such as JSA who have made major investments in the community.

Do you know someone who should receive an award? Please fill out this form and return it to John Dornoff at the City of Waterloo Planning Department, 715 Mulberry Street, Waterloo, Iowa 50703 or email it to: john.dornoff@waterloo-ia.org

Download Nomination Form

Carnagie LibraryMission Statement:

The mission of the Historic Preservation Commission is to recognize, promote, and preserve Waterloo’s historic sites and cultural heritage in partnership with its citizens, agencies, and organizations.


The Historic Preservation Commission is the oversight group regarding historic preservation for the City of Waterloo. It operates as a Certified Local Government Program and is empowered by the Historic Preservation Ordinance (Waterloo City Ordinance 5057). The Historic Preservation Ordinance was adopted in 1986 and amended on July 11, 2011 to create awareness, provide recognition, and protection of the city’s historic buildings, structures, sites, and districts.

The Commission Consists of no fewer than 7 members, each of whom resides or is employed within the City of Waterloo with one member representing each historic district. Commissioners are appointed by the Mayor and approved through the City Council.
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The city is currently home to 28 buildings that are currently on the National Register of Historic Places. There are also currently three historic districts within the city: Waterloo Commercial West, Waterloo Commercial East, and Highland. Highland is the currently the only residential historic district and is both nationally and locally recognized. For the Highland District the Historic Preservation Commission has a set of design guidelines for homes in the district. If you live in the district and are looking to make changes to your residence you will need to apply for a Certificate of Appropriateness which can be found in under forms.

Historic Neighborhood Design Guidlines

For any questions about the Waterloo Historic Preservation Commission, please call the Waterloo Community Planning and Development Department at 319-291-4366.

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